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Serious Moonlight -- High-powered attorney Louise (Meg Ryan) arrives at her country nest for a little R and R only to discover that her husband (Timothy Hutton) plans to leave her for a younger woman (Kristen Bell). Oddly cool, Louise plots to hold Ian captive until he commits to working on their marriage, but that's when things really start to go wrong. Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) skillfully directs Adrienne Shelly's (Waitress) wry and often hilarious script.
Serious Moonlight -- When a high-powered attorney (Ryan) discovers her husband (Hutton) is planning on leaving her for a younger woman (Bell), she duct tapes him to the toilet in hopes of keeping him hostage until they reconcile. Her plan is complicated by the arrival of the mistress, as well as a pair of burglars.


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4 December 2009 (USA) See more »
a love/hate comedy.
A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Meg Ryan ... Louise

Timothy Hutton ... Ian

Justin Long ... Todd

Kristen Bell ... Sara

Derek Carter ... Man #1

Bill Parks ... Man #2

Kimberlee Peterson ... Trashy Girl
Nathan Dean ... Detective
Andy Ostroy ... Police Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kylan James ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Cheryl Hines 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adrienne Shelly  written by

Produced by
Cliff Chenfeld .... executive producer
David Graff .... executive producer
Dan Katcher .... executive producer
Todd King .... executive producer
Rick Milenthal .... executive producer
Andy Ostroy .... producer
Dawn Porter .... executive producer
Michael Roiff .... producer
Isabel Rose .... executive producer
Todd Stein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Andrew Hollander 
Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steven Rasch 
Casting by
Sunday Boling 
Meg Morman 
Production Design by
Cecil Gentry 
Art Direction by
Craig Pavilionis (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Shirley Starks 
Costume Design by
Ariyela Wald-Cohain 
Makeup Department
Barbara Augustus .... additional makeup artist (as Barbara Augustus-Johnson)
Michelle DeMilt .... additional makeup artist
Paula Jane Hamilton .... makeup department head
Lesley Poling .... hair department head
Vicki Vacca .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Brigitte Mueller .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John P. Aguirre .... second assistant director (as John Aguirre)
Brent Clark .... second second assistant director
William Cosentino .... first assistant director
Art Department
Brantley Corley .... art department production assistant
Michael Cruz .... stand-by carpenter
Gregory M. Edgar .... property master
Yukion Frierson .... set dresser (as Yukion M. Frierson)
Steve Kaiser .... assistant property master
Alexander Kirst .... lead man (as Alex Kirst)
Michael F. Loomer .... set dresser (as Michael Loomer)
Carl Maultsby .... stand-by carpenter
Jermon Maxey .... swing
Vladimir E. Morales .... stand-by painter
Prentice Randolph .... set dresser
Kate Zarvis .... stand-by painter (as Kate Milenski)
James J. Burke .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Aronoff .... adr mixer
Larry Benjamin .... sound re-recording mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... supervising foley editor foley mixer
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Erik H. Magnus .... sound mixer (as Erik Magnus)
Donal Nelson .... boom operator
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Mark Petersen .... dialogue editor
Mark Petersen .... sound effects editor
Kevin Valentine .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Kennelly .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Evan Ghigliotty .... digital artist: Identity Studios (as Ecan 'The Ghigster' Ghigliotty)
Nicholas Sorenson .... digital artist: Identity Studios (as Nick Sorenson)
David Van Woert .... digital effects producer: Identity Studios
Leo Vezzali .... digital effects producer: Identity Studios
Allison Caetano .... stunt player
Lisa Hoyle .... stunt player
Mikal Kartvedt .... stunt coordinator
Marc Schaffer .... stunt player
Allison Caetano .... stunt double: Kristen Bell (uncredited)
Marc Schaffer .... stunt double: Timothy Hutton (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Adame .... grip
Abby Antweil .... electric
Matt Ray Arnold .... additional second assistant camera: "a" camera
Steven Barnes .... additional second assistant camera: "a" camera
Dianne L. Brooks .... camera intern (as Dianne Brooks)
Russell David .... grip
Rick Davidson .... additional camera operator
Nicole Dayton .... grip
Maurizio Dotto .... additional first assistant camera: "a" camera
David J. Frederick .... additional camera operator (as Dave Frederick)
Camille Freer .... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera
Gregson Gabrio .... loader
Michael D. Gonzalez .... grip
Alex Gordon .... additional lamp operator
Jason D. Hodges .... key grip (as Jason Hodges)
Ryan Huston .... additional lamp operator
Tracy Jackson .... grip
Ryo Kinno .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Marc Korgie .... additional lamp operator (as Marcus Korgie)
Layna McAllister .... additional first assistant camera: "a" camera
BJ McDonnell .... camera operator (as B.J. McDonnell)
BJ McDonnell .... steadicam operator (as B.J. McDonnell)
Will McGarry .... still photographer
Darin Miller .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera
Tom Morash .... additional lamp operator
Ray Patrick .... technocrane operator
Jonathan Phail .... electric (as Jon Phail)
Amy Rose Sampson .... additional still photographer
Ron Sands .... generator operator
Gene Schutt .... best boy grip
Carter Smith .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Carter J. Smith)
Bob Snowdon .... dolly grip (as Robert Snowdon)
Robert Souders .... lamp operator
Mark T. Stockwell Sr. .... grip (as Mark Stockwell)
James Takata .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer
Michaela von Schweinitz .... electric intern
John Waldo .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as John A. Waldo)
Christopher S. Walters .... additional lamp operator (as Chris Walters)
Ron Wisnesky .... best boy electric
Bobby Woo .... additional lamp operator
Gavin Wynn .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera
Rusty Davis .... grip (uncredited)
Marlen Schlawin .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, additional photography (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Nohai .... set costumer
Sandra Poland .... assistant costume designer
Lindsay Rochford .... set costumer
Editorial Department
George Chavez .... color timer
Annette Davey .... additional editor
Beth Dewey .... digital intermediate producer
Iris Hershner .... assistant editor
Natasha Leonnet .... digital colorist
Marc Lulkin .... digital colorist assistant
Robert E. Phillips .... digital intermediate assistant producer (as Robert Phillips)
Lisa Tutunjian .... digital intermediate editor
Leo Vezzali .... digital colorist: Identity Studios
Joe Hathaway .... digital color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Cliff Chenfeld .... music supervisor
Gwynne Evans Reid .... music recording coordinator (as Gwynne Evans)
Andrew Hollander .... score producer
Leigh Hurwitz .... music recording coordinator
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Manny Lorenzo .... music clearances
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Jeff Slutz .... additional scoring engineer
Jeff Slutz .... assistant to composer
Angie Teo .... assistant scoring engineer
Tyler Van Dalen .... assistant scoring engineer
Michael Craig Cohen .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mitchell Bergman .... transportation coordinator
Dorian England .... transportation captain
Lincoln Lageson .... driver
Chad Lovoy .... driver
Steve Martinez .... driver
Chris Mendoza .... driver
Lou Mendoza .... transportation captain
Frank Porras .... driver
Ron Sands .... driver: production
Will Sutman .... driver: camera/van
Other crew
Eric D. Alexander .... production assistant: cast
Madeline Ali .... assistant: Meg Ryan
Roberto Alvarez .... chef assistant
Lauren Archer .... assistant: Cheryl Hines
Brenda Arson .... production coordinator
Aimee Burton .... craft service
Kelly Casey .... additional office production assistant
Alex Farrington .... set medic
Kevin Getchiusva .... office production intern
David Gilbert .... additional office production assistant
Galen Gilbert .... office production assistant
Galen Gilbert .... set production assistant
Brad Hill .... location manager (as Bradford Hill)
Matthew Horwitz .... assistant: Michael Roiff
Rikki Kalsbeek .... location assistant
Adam Kipling .... additional set production assistant
Dagmara Krecioch .... set production assistant
Mark Leone .... additional set production assistant
John Logigian .... financing and distribution counsel
Mark Marquez .... head chef
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production legal
Gabriel Rivera .... additional chef assistant
Laura Somers .... production intern
Joelle Sorensen .... assistant production coordinator
J.C. Stefano .... office production assistant (as J.C. Oburgh)
Jon Tierney .... key set production assistant
Silver Tree .... script supervisor
Janice Tucker .... production accountant
Marianne Wirtz .... accounting clerk
Pam Wood .... studio teacher (as Pam Woods)
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
Amy Jarvela .... special thanks
Adrienne Shelly .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and some threatening behavior
81 min
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Did You Know?

Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton co-started together before in the 1995 film French Kiss, in which the opening plot was similar; he was leaving her for another woman and she was trying to win him back.See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Sara arrives and Louise has to tape Ian, the tape almost touches his left side-burn while, when coming back to the house the tape now is far from it.See more »
[first lines]
Louise:[on the phone] Michelle.
Louise:I threw heck to the wind and drove up to the country a day early, want to surprise Ian, spend the long weekend with him. So, I need you to call Metler and tell him that the papers were filed yesterday and everything is fine, and I will talk to him first thing on Monday morning. Then call my dentist, cancel my appointment, and reschedule it for Tuesday afternoon. And then cancel my meetings for the rest of the day. You know what to do, that's why you are my assistant. Kiss, kiss, kiss.
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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Twist and shout, 1 August 2010
Author: kosmasp

Looking at the cast of the movie, you'd think you have a nice comedy at hand. Well it's anything but nice. And this is exactly where it lost (with me). Having two lead characters that are so despicable as the two at hand here, never really connected me with them. That it is borderline insane (the set-up, which gets even more ridiculous by an ending that is pretty clear, but gets "explained" here on IMDb, if you happened to miss that) and tries to "hammer" in things (quite literally at times), does not make this any better than other movies. It just makes it very different than them.

It wasn't my cup of tea and if the actors were worse, I would have rated this lower. But while other movies try to establish an alternate reality or world, this grounds itself into reality and therefor is prone to be judged by that. Of course, since tastes are different, you might actually like it (because of all the things I've listed, not despite) ...

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